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Multicultural education in Latvia: developing openness to cultural differences

Author(s) Chelova  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2003  
Editor Europe of Many Cultures, Alastair Ross Ed.  
Language English  
Age group -  
In this paper, the term 'cultural openness' is used to refer to the feature of personality characterised by the need and willingness of an individual to understand and accept the rich diversity of the world's cultures, various forms of self-expression, and different manifestations of human individuality. The analysis of the models of global and multicultural education has made it possible to single out the following components of cultural openness: understanding of and ability to analyse and interpret the universal features of culture; the concepts and meanings characteristic of each culture; the forms of expressing universal human ideas characteristic of a particular culture in its historical and global context; understanding of and ability to analyse and interpret similarities and differences in the customs and cultural traditions of the peoples of the world; perception and understanding of the fact that there are an infinite variety of views, customs, and habits; tolerance of other people, irrespective of their ethnic, national, or cultural origin; recognition of the value of other cultures; readiness and ability to accept cultural differences; the need and ability to conduct an intercultural dialogue, e.g., to achieve understanding and compromise among different points of view by means of explanation and persuasion without applying pressure. (Zinoviev, 1998; Heffe, 1991).

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